Top 7 Tropical Islands To Visit in Thailand
Mention of Thailand and any number of incredible images can be conjured; delicious street food, sacred temples, lively nightlife and of course emerald green water, white sand and of untouched island paradises. It is these tropical islands that continue to attract the attention of the world, transporting visitors to places they could not even dream about.
We have discovered the top 7 islands in southern Thailand to visit this summer, so be sure to check out the photos then consider booking that flight to Bangkok!
1. Koh Tao
While a lot smaller than neighbouring Koh Samui and Koh Phangan, this tiny island has secured its place on the backpacker trail for many years now and is known to be one of the cheapest places in the world to become a certified scuba diver. While the islands’ main strip along Sairee Beach is the perfect spot to watch magical sunsets each night and to get in the party mood, it is the more secluded beaches such as Au Leuk on the other side of the island where you will be most impressed.
2. Koh Samui
Koh Samui is Thailand’s second largest island and has become very popular with international tourists and package holiday makers thanks to the international airport located on the island. While a little more expensive than its island neighbours, Koh Samui is still a beautiful beach destination. Think small secluded beaches alongside some of the most luxurious resorts on the world, tiny fishing villages where you can interact with locals and a happening nightlife to keep you awake into the small hours of the morning. There are also a lot more activities on offer compared to other islands, from visiting elephants, ziplining, swimming in waterfalls or doing snorkelling trips around the island, it would be impossible to get bored while staying here.
3. Koh Phi Phi
Koh Phi Phi was made famous in recent years for being the filing location for the movie, The Beach, with Leonardo Di Caprio and as being one the islands that was worst affected by the 2005 Asian Tsunami. The island has since been rebuilt and is high on most people’s lists of top places to visit in Southeast Asia. The water here is emerald green and the area offers some of the most unforgettable boat trips in the world, to forgotten beaches, pristine lagoons and a glow in the dark sea cave. Once the sun sets in spectacular fashion, the island comes alive with fire jumping, all night parties and thumping music to ensure a visit here is one you will never forget.
4. Koh Lanta
Koh Lanta is one the quietest islands in Thailand and is perfect for families, couples or solo traveller wishing to escape the madness for a few nights. Long beach is where you will find most of the tranquil beach bars, which have pillows in the sand for you to lounge on as you watch the sun fall quickly into the ocean each night. Renting a scooter here is really easy and will allow you to visit corners of the island and secluded beaches not accessible by taxi. There is also a range of boat tours, including one which goes to four nearby islands, one of which will take your breath away.
Phuket is the biggest island in Thailand and is actually connected to the mainland by a bridge. While there are definitely sleazy sides to this tropical paradise, such as ping pong shows and late night bars that line the streets of Patong, you can find peace and tranquility in quieter corners of this huge island and be rewarded with some of the most intense sunsets in the world. Favourite beaches include Karon, Kata Noi and Surin.
6. Koh Phangan
Koh Phangan is one of the most famous islands in Thailand, thanks to the popularity of its monthly Full Moon beach parties which have landed the island on the top of travellers bucket lists for the past two decades. While well known for being a party island, spending a few days here before or after a full moon party will show you an entirely different side to the island. Places like The Sanctuary in the south and an assortment of yoga centres on the west side of the island, mean Koh Phangan is now a very spiritual place where you can spend weeks if not months practicing yoga, meditating or just relaxing on the islands many stunning beaches with not a worry in the world.
7. Koh Ngai
Koh Ngai is a tiny little island off the west coast of Thailand, not too far from Koh Lanta. What it lacks it accommodation options and facilities, it makes up for with its crystal clear water and unobstructed views. One of the most stunning islands in all of Thailand, this is the place to come of you are seriously looking to escape the world for a few days. Think a hammock between two trees, a good book and fresh coconut to boot.